OGC Nice welcome Bayer Leverkusen in their Europa League Group C tie at the Allianz Riviera on Thursday night.
The Ligue 1 outfit needing to win by four or more goals to keep their extremely slim hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive of the tournament.
Avoiding defeat by four or more goals, meanwhile, will be enough to confirm Bayer Leverkusen’s qualification for the last 32.
For the do-or-die clash against Leverkusen at home, manager Patrick Vieira is set to be without the services of defenders Dante and Hassane Kamara. Youcef Atal missed their last game against Dijon and is a doubt ahead of this fixture.
Striker Kasper Dolberg tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. Hicham Boudaoui picked up two yellow cards in their 3-1 loss to Slavia Prague and is suspended for the game.
Bayer Leverkusen have been hit with an injury crisis this season with Lucas Alario (knee injury), Karim Bellarabi (thigh), Nadiem Amiri (illness), Sven Bender (ankle), Exequiel Palacios (back), Charles Aranguiz (muscle), Santiago Arias (ankle) and Paulinho (ACL) are all out injured.
Edmond Tapsoba is in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
Head to Head
The opening day meeting between the two sides in the Europa League in October was the first time they had locked horns. Die Werkself emerged victorious in grand fashion in that game, thrashing Nice 6-2 at the BayArena.
This should be another open match in France with both sides expected to find the back of the net with odds are 1.55 on BetPay.
Nice tip to get the three-point in the Europa League encounter at Allianz Riviera with odds goes at 5.20 with another possible outcome is home win or draw 2.40 but 2.5 could eventually happen for 1.45
Prediction: Nice 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen for high stakes, this is a pretty cool option which an odd of 18.30 odds attached to it.